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Indrė Makaraitytė. How many of our euros will S. Skvernelis‘ elections cost?

Saulius Skvernelis has announced he will participate in the presidential elections during a meeting with the local community of Rusnė. Some knew beforehand, what will happen during the prime minister’s official visit to inspect the construction work on an overpass, some didn’t, however the construction site was not an accidental choice.

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Minister threatens to terminate contracts with companies failing to deliver pensions

With public discontent arising over delayed pensions, Minister of Social Security and Labour Linas Kukuraitis states that the contracts with the pension delivery companies will have to be terminated if pensions are not delivered to retirees by January 26, a press release from the ministry states according to lrt.lt.

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PM to run for president

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Thursday he is to run for president in the country's presidential election in May.

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Security institutions urged to react following LRT investigation, S. Skvernelis sees no issue

That the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union is backed by the shareholders of various companies is a circumvention of the law, which not only the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) should take interest in, but also security institutions, Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats Seimas group member Gintarė Skaistė told LRT Radio, lrt.lt writes. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis sees no issue: “We live in a country under the rule of law. None of the companies have been sentenced or have been compromised. The party itself will decide, what donations to accept or not accept, whether you want it or not.”

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Political scientist: Skvernelis is good news for Šimonytė

“Skvernelis has a chance. Everyone over 40 has a chance because you can still register,” political scientist Mažvydas Jastramskis shared his insights on Facebook regarding Saulius Skvernelis’ candidacy.

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Warning over news media: situation compared to state of war

Currently the Seimas is discussing two legislative projects, which would fundamentally change news media work. Representative of the Lithuanian Journalist Union (LŽS) Darius Lukoševičius had a brief, but telling description for the majority’s aims – “declaring a state of war.” However, gathered in a discussion hosted by the opposition on press freedom, specialists in the area openly pointed out that the situation is already bad, without even the amendments having been put in place, lrt.lt writes.

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Welcome to Vilnius workshops to support foreign talent relocating to Lithuania’s capital

This Tuesday Vilnius’ business development and tourism agency Go Vilnius at the Workland Business Centre announced a series of dedicated workshops slated to begin taking place later this month. The Welcome to Vilnius workshops are designed to facilitate the transition of foreigners coming to the city to pursue professional opportunities. In just a few hours, workshop participants will receive invaluable information to help them navigate bureaucracy, settle into day-to-day life, and ultimately, become a local. The workshops will also give participants an opportunity to ask a team of experts specific questions, take part in a tour of Vilnius and meet other foreigners, a press release from Go Vilnius states.

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2018 was marked as the best year for Lithuanian cinema market after the restoration of independence

The Lithuanian film centre have summarized the local box office results - in 2018 distribution reached a remarkable increase and hit all the records, a press release from the Lithuanian Film Centre states.

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The number of foreign startups choosing Lithuania for starting their businesses is growing

Last year, the Startup Visa received 178 applications of foreign companies for participation in the programme and business development in Lithuania, or 41 per cent more than in the first year of the programme, a press release from Startup Lithuania states.

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Lithuanian gov't invites expats to return amid hard Brexit worries

The Lithuanian government has invited on Wednesday its expats living in the UK to return to Lithuania following Brexit deal's rejection at the UK parliament and worries of a hard Brexit scenario.

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Social Democrats appeal to STT over business financial support for “Farmer” candidate

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has appealed to the Special Investigation Service (STT) with a request to evaluate whether financial support from Klaipėda business to Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) candidate to Klaipėda mayor, Arvydas Vaitkus is not a case of open political corruption, a statement sent to lrt.lrt reads.

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Presidential debates: education – a priority for all candidates

Politicians and public figures seeking the post of president once more took to defending their positions. This time it was at a discussion organised by Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – President 2019: Four Months to Decision, lrt.lt writes.

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Centre of Registers audit finished: schemes uncovered with damages in the millions

When suspicions arose that exclusive conditions were granted for certain companies to pay several times lower prices for data at the Centre of Registers, audit was initiated. Now, the audit’s results have confirmed suspicions.

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D. Grybauskaitė awarded for merits to prosecution system

In the commemoration of the Lithuanian prosecutors’ establishment centenary, President Dalia Grybauskaitė was awarded with honours “For Special Merits” at a jubilee conference, a press release states according to lrt.lt.

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Lietuvos Geležinkeliai starts Rail Baltica territory planning

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai [Lithuanian Railways] is initiating the European gauge Rail Baltica territory planning stage, lrt.lt writes.

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These presidential elections will be different: intrigue awaits

The nearing presidential elections will be rather different to the past two. In 2009, there was a clear leader and a second round wasn’t even needed, while in 2014 a second round did happen, but there was very little intrigue, lrt.lt writes. This time, however, things will be interesting – it will definitely be a new politician, who will arrive in Daukantas Square. Will this bring about greater voter turnout?

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Lithuanian party membership conditions to be eased for EU citizens

On Tuesday, the Seimas passed amendments to the political party law prepared by the Ministry of Justice. The amendments will allow EU member state citizens living in Lithuania to easier become members of Lithuanian political parties, lrt.lt writes.

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Bad news from the courtroom for V. Gapšys

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian Court of Appeals rejected Vytautas Gapšys defence attorney’s complaint, which requested the withdrawal of restrictions on the accused, a written pledge to not leave the country, a press release states according to lrt.lt.

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L. Linkevičius on events in Ukraine: the Normandy Four is practically non-functioning

The Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs says that the Normandy Four, which was assembled to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is practically non-functioning because apparently the Kremlin is awaiting the presidential elections in Ukraine, lrt.lt writes.

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Agrokoncernas responds to LRT investigation

In response to LRT information on the situation over “Farmer” leader Ramūnas KarbauskisAgrokoncernas‘ import of fertiliser, the company published a press release on Monday. It states that supposedly “there are attempts to draw the company into political games.” According to the company, state institutions, lacking real answers regarding EU sanctions, are transferring responsibility to businesses, lrt.lt writes.

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